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By Jeff Miers » Saturday, May 21, 2016

Last week, a Facebook thread commenced pondering the validity of Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Buffalo area. The thread raised a few questions. Are there more active GD tribs than the market can bear? Is it silly to keep playing this band’s music? And why can’t the various Dead factions get along with each other?... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, May 20, 2016

Frank Catalano with Jimmy Chamberlin and David Sanborn “Bye Bye Blackbird: Blowing In From Chicago for Von and Eddie” (Ropeadope) The “Von and Eddie” of this album’s subtitle are the redoubtable Von Freeman and Eddie Harris, two tenor saxophone players from Chicago who gave us high-protein, low-carb jazz... Read More

Thursday, May 19, 2016

JazzMyriad 3, “Moons” (Alma). New jazz records by Myriad 3 are usually big news on Canadian jazz radio. Since Toronto jazz radio is the only jazz radio we regularly have here, that makes them big news here too, whether we like it or not. The reason for that is that the trio is sometimes thought to be the Canadian Bad... Read More

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jazz Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, “Movement” (ECM). This would have been one of the great jazz records of 2016 even if you couldn’t confirm that judgement by actually listening to it. Why? Because this is a disc with an irresistible and majestic pedigree. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Ravi... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Sunday, May 15, 2016

We really don’t care how you release your album. Drop it in the middle of the night unannounced, tease it with cryptic social media posts, preface it with a performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, act like you’re doing something radical by manipulating your internet presence when in fact you’re just being... Read More

Thursday, May 12, 2016

JazzCarla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow, “Andando El Tiempo” (ECM). Carla Bley was 80 on Wednesday. A good argument could be made that, at 80, she is the greatest living jazz composer; certainly she is among the reigning two or three that we still have with us. As a melodist, her work could be almost as... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, May 7, 2016

John Rzeznik may be touring with pop royalty like Darryl Hall and racking up the Hot AC format hit singles like nobody’s business, but at heart, he’s a Buffalo kid with a guitar and a past he’s still trying to outrun. You can say what you like about the Goo Goo Dolls – and people in Buffalo undoubtedly will, as... Read More

Friday, May 6, 2016

JazzJane Ira Bloom with Mark Helias and Bobby Previte ”Early Americans” (Outline, released next week) Here is the latest great record from a truly great jazz relationship that has been going on for many decades. Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom – one of the most distinctive players in all of jazz – has been... Read More

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jazz Gregory Porter, “Take Me to the Alley” (Blue Note). The similarity of Kurt Elling’s and Gregory Porter’s vocal timbre is going to make the next few weeks a prime period for male jazz singers in America. With new discs by new female jazz singers – often beautiful ones – seemingly released twice a week, male... Read More

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jazz George Coleman, “A Master Speaks” (Smoke Sessions). The first time Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet – that is, the one with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams – played in Buffalo, it was at the Royal Arms and the tenor saxophonist was George Coleman, not Wayne Shorter, who later and most... Read More

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